Shop ’til You Drop: Love Is in the Air on the East End

They say you can’t really love someone until you love yourself first. That means farewell to that inner critic and nag and hello to a softer, loving voice that offers plenty of forgiveness and encouragement. So next time you’re in CVS and see the explosion of red and pink hearts in the candy aisle, let it be a reminder: Love isn’t just for sweethearts!

Spread the love this month by bringing something heart-shaped into your office to share with your colleagues. At Dan’s Papers, we’re awfully close to Dunkin’ Donuts so bringing in donuts is not a rarity, although, this year Dunkin’ is offering two varieties of heart-shaped doughnuts, introducing the new Cookie Dough Donut and the return of its Brownie Batter Donut, both festively frosted. Our Dunkin’ Donuts is located at 20 County Road 39, Southampton.

For anyone who missed last week’s alert, to make Valentine’s Day even sweeter, Links of London is offering a complimentary White Sapphire Heart Charm with the purchase of any Mini Sweetie Bracelet until Feb. 14. After that, there’s still plenty of time to peek around at all the beautiful jewelry. After all, do we really need an occasion for jewelry? Rose Jewelers is located at 57 Main Street in Southampton. Call 631-283-5757 or visit rosejewelersny.com.

Now here’s a store I love: Ganeaux. Located in Amagansett, visiting this boutique is always a fun excuse for me to take a drive east and gets me out of my winter routine (which largely involves not leaving the house). Ganeaux offers a stylish mix of men’s and women’s fashion, jewelry, apothecary, books, art and other fun items. You’ll find everything from James Colarusso’s gold pendants and chains to handmade leather pouches and bags and the very latest in denim. New for 2014 is the army-inspired NLST debut collection. Sexy and sleek yet edgy and rugged, prepare to fall in love. Ganeaux is at 167 Main Street, Amagansett. Call 631-267-7717 or visit ganeaux.com.

In case you hadn’t heard, our much-loved Collette’s bargain basement is moving! Don’t worry, the designer resale boutique is not going far, and the bonus is we get to take part in a fabulous moving sale at their soon-to-be-former location, 10 Main Street Southampton, with an additional 50% off of the lowest marked price. The Bargain Basement by Collette will be moving to 25 Hampton Road, Southampton.

If you’re a last-minute shopper, it’s never too late to order that Valentine’s Day gift from Dune Jewelry. Dune Jewelry has a beautiful heart necklace that’s made with your choice of beach sand! With over 1,600 sands in their Sandbank™, Dune Jewelry custom makes all orders out of their Boston studio. Their sand collection keeps growing, almost weekly, thanks to customers sending in their own sand for their very own one-of-a-kind pieces. Here in the Hamptons, I’m sure you can find some to send in. Visit dunejewelrydesign.com.

February is “50% OFF FRIDAYS” At The ARF Thrift & Treasure Shop at 17 Montauk Highway in Sagaponack. Sales at the Thrift Shop directly support the animals at the ARF Adoption Center. Pet owners will tell you, there’s much joy and love to be shared with owning a cat or dog, so if you’ve been thinking about it, go ahead and adopt a pet this month! Call 631-537-0400 or visit Arfhamptons.org. A special congrats to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons for receiving the highest rating from Charity Navigator for the second year in a row!

This Valentine’s Day, give yourself some love in the form of pampering—a new haircut, a massage, a facial, or even a quick mani-pedi will make you feel and look great. My favorite spot for nails is in Hampton Bays (the nail mecca of the East End) in a charming place called Little Bird Nail Salon, located at 3 East Montauk Highway. Call 631-723-1118 or visit littlebirdnails.com.

A note from one of our Dan’s Editors:

Right now I’m in the Dan’s Papers offices and I’m wearing my new shoes from Zen Komfort by Klogs. They are the “Temple” model in merlot. I heart these comfy shoes, and they look so cool with their braided leather diagonal strap! I think I’m going to order another pair in black for my dark side. zenkomfort.com

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